Shock!

Like many single children my age, my first exposure to the X-Men was Fox’s 1990s cartoon. I was immensely proud of myself for having caught every single episode of the first season. I also loved the theme to death. No other music, save the Lambada — a topic for another post — had inspired such raw emotion in my eight-year-old self. If you can’t recall, or have never heard it, here you go:

When the series was sent to Japan, the intro was re-done in an anime style and set to a rock soundtrack. The result is surprisingly awesome:

There was also a second, slightly more ponderous opening. There’s still a bunch of action, but check out that (comparatively) long shot of Logan, Scott and Jean. Even though the triangle themes made it over into the cartoon from the comic, I don’t think anything like that would’ve made it into the opening of a kids’ TV show:

In 2011, a 12-part X-Men anime series was released as part of the Marvel Anime project. Free of the constraint of having to resemble American source material, this is one is pure Japanese:

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